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R. Lee Ermey’s daughter recalls growing up with ‘Full Metal Jacket’ star, his dedication to the troops

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R. Lee Ermey’s daughter recalls growing up with ‘Full Metal Jacket’ star, his dedication to the troops

Betty Ermey says she still feels the larger-than-life presence of her beloved father, R. Lee Ermey, a Marine-turned-Hollywood star.

Ermey, who rose to fame on screen as the no-nonsense drill instructor in Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 film “Full Metal Jacket,” passed away on April 15, 2018, at age 74 from pneumonia.

He is survived by his wife, two brothers, six children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, The New York Times reported.

Betty Ermey with her father R. Lee Ermey. — Courtesy of Betty Ermey

Betty Ermey with her father R. Lee Ermey. — Courtesy of Betty Ermey

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“I still feel him around,” Betty told Fox News. “I still hear his voice. I was just so lucky. I’m thankful there’s so much recording of him. Because on those days when I truly need to hear his voice, I can. The family is just so grateful.”

The Kansas native was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his memorable performance in “Full Metal Jacket,” in which he immortalized lines such as: “What is your major malfunction?”

R. Lee Ermey is best known for his role as a no-nonsense drill sergeant in "Full Metal Jacket."

R. Lee Ermey is best known for his role as a no-nonsense drill sergeant in “Full Metal Jacket.”
(Courtesy of Betty Ermey)

Born Ronald Lee Ermey in 1944, Ermey served 11 years in the Marine Corps and spent 14 months in Vietnam and then in Okinawa, Japan, where he became staff sergeant. His first film credit was as a helicopter pilot in Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now,” which was quickly followed by a part in “The Boys in Company C” as a drill instructor.

He raked in more than 60 credits in film and television across his decades-long career in Hollywood, often playing authority figures in everything from “Se7en” to “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” remake.

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Betty Ermey said she first realized her father, R. Lee Ermey was different when she was 5 years old.

Betty Ermey said she first realized her father, R. Lee Ermey was different when she was 5 years old.

Betty said that it was at age 5 when she realized her father was peculiarly vocal — right before he received the call from Kubrick. At the time, the family was living in a small trailer in Illinois with a cornfield for a view. Ermey was working at a power plant to help support his family.

“My dad had bought us a soccer ball,” Betty recalled. “He was worried about it being stolen. So he took a sharpie and wrote a bunch of things on the soccer ball that probably wasn’t appropriate for kids. But it was fun for me because I could read. That’s when I realized my father was different from most dads.”

Before Ermey found fame as an actor, he enlisted in the Marines at age 17, a decision he remained proud of for the rest of his life.

R. Lee Ermey joined the Marines at age 17.

R. Lee Ermey joined the Marines at age 17.
(Courtesy of Betty Ermey)

“He didn’t graduate from high school,” Betty explained. “He enlisted in the Marines under court order. He was given the option of either going to juvenile detention or joining the military service. He went to the Navy recruit office, but they didn’t take him. So he went to the Marines recruit office… He was very athletic because he grew up on a farm, so he was constantly doing farm work. The Marines took him and shipped him out.”

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Ermey previously told the New York Times that his 11-year career as a Marine was ended “by a rocket” in 1969. However, he would not discuss the details of the war. Betty shared Ermey was medically retired.

A young R. Lee Ermey in the Marines. — Courtesy of Betty Ermey

A young R. Lee Ermey in the Marines. — Courtesy of Betty Ermey

“He wanted to be a Marine for the rest of his life,” she explained. “He didn’t know what else to do his life. But he knew he wanted to stay connected with them somehow. He went to the Philippines to study drama. At that point in the ‘70s, a lot of Vietnam War films were being filmed in the Phillippines. So he was able to get involved as a technical advisor, helping out in these films.”

By the time Ermey was in Illinois, Kubrick called and asked him to head over to England for a technical advisor role in “Full Metal Jacket.” Betty said her father was wary at the prospect, believing it would have been a risk to leave behind his stable job at the power plant for the sake of his growing family. Still, he took the chance to further pursue his dream.

“He was a regular guy with a regular job,” said Betty. “But this was his dream… He had been a drill instructor for years in the Marines, so he had it down. He knew how to drill and just to be very tough and commanding. And he had such a presence to him. … He had a lot of wit and a very, very dark sense of humor. … It just makes for the perfect drill instructor on screen.”

Betty Ermey said her father, R. Lee Ermey, wanted to be a Marine for the rest of his life. — Courtesy of Betty Ermey

Betty Ermey said her father, R. Lee Ermey, wanted to be a Marine for the rest of his life. — Courtesy of Betty Ermey

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Betty said there was another actor who had already signed the contract to play Gunnery Sergeant Hartman. But Kubrick was so impressed by Ermey’s performance the role was ultimately offered to him instead.

While Ermey’s career quickly skyrocketed, Betty insisted the star was never fazed by fame. In fact, he was eager to give his children an adventure of their own.

Betty Ermey insisted her father was never fazed by fame. — Courtesy of Betty Ermey

Betty Ermey insisted her father was never fazed by fame. — Courtesy of Betty Ermey

“During the summers, we would always sail,” she described. “We had this old, rusty sailboat in the driveway. He never paid full price for anything. He would find something parked on the side of the road and go, ‘I got this great deal!’ He would gather us all up and we would pack for about five days in the ocean. We would drive down to Marina Del Rey. He would put us all in the water and we would sail for Catalina. … We would go sailing and fishing for about five days straight in the deep blue ocean. We would go out to the point where you wouldn’t see land anywhere. The waves were pretty rough… Everybody got seasick, except for him. He never got seasick.”

“We were all just leaning on the side of the boat and just throwing up,” she chuckled. “It was constant. He would go, ‘We can’t turn back, we’re already halfway, so we’re gonna go the rest of the way!’ … Eventually, we did make it to Catalina. I think we weighed about five pounds less. … And we never really docked. He just threw the anchor down. He always kept us out in the water. If we wanted to go to the beach, he would go, ‘Get your flippers on, jump off the boat and swim to land.’ I have a daughter myself and I can’t imagine throwing my kid in the water at the age of 10 and telling her to swim those 200 yards in the choppy ocean, but make sure you’re home by dinner. But that’s just the type of man he was. He had faith in us.”

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R. Lee Ermey with his wife Nila Ermey. The couple was together from 1975 until his death in 2018.

R. Lee Ermey with his wife Nila Ermey. The couple was together from 1975 until his death in 2018.
(Courtesy of Betty Ermey)

Betty described Ermey as a devoted family man with a lust for life and a constant yearning to learn. Before he became an actor, he performed as a comedian on the Sunset Strip during the ‘70s just to pay the bills, she said. And once he became a sought-after talent, he would bring his children on set or even to auditions.

“My dad wanted to be a country singer,” added Betty. “He loved singing. he was always singing in the car. It didn’t matter he didn’t know the lyrics to the song. He was going to sing it and put his own spin on it…. He decided he was going to learn how to play guitar at age 72. It was very painful to listen to and repetitive. But he was like, ‘If that kid in ‘Deliverance’ can do it, I can do it too!’”

And one thing Ermey was determined to do was support the men and women who served. Betty said after “Full Metal Jacket,” he did motivational speaking for the troops and visited numerous bases. He also worked closely with charities, such as Toys for Tots, as well as helping veterans in need.

A young R. Lee Ermey.

A young R. Lee Ermey.
(Courtesy of Betty Ermey)

“Anytime the Marines needed any help or motivation, he was always there,” she said. “He made that a priority with his agent… He credited the Marines for saving his life and for his success.”

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Betty said that during her father’s final years, he remained as busy as ever. From 2015 until 2017, he hosted “GunnyTime,” a TV series that focused on weapons and weapon technology.

“He was so worried when he got sick because he wanted to keep the show going and he knew it helped the crew,” she said. “… He pushed himself and fought against old age and rest during those final years… And he stayed that way until the end of his life… He was in the hospital and making the doctors and nurses laugh. His hospital room was always the loudest on the floor.”

R. Lee Ermey learned to play guitar in his later years. — Courtesy of Betty Ermey

R. Lee Ermey learned to play guitar in his later years. — Courtesy of Betty Ermey

In January of this year, the Marine Corps Times reported Ermey was buried with military honors at Arlington National Cemetary. Betty said that in November 2018, a street near where Ermey lived for the past 20 years in California was named after him. She also shared “GunnyTime is still on the air after his friends stepped in to keep his legacy alive.”

“The man lived a 100 lifetimes it seems,” said Betty. “And he had all of these adventures that I probably couldn’t have in a 100 lifetimes… He had such a passion for living. I will always be honored to call him dad.”

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R. Lee Ermey with his family. — Courtesy of Betty Ermey

R. Lee Ermey with his family. — Courtesy of Betty Ermey

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Pink says she’ll no longer share photos of her kids after people comment ‘just some of the nastiest things’

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Pink says she’ll no longer share photos of her children on social media after receiving a slew of negative comments about her parenting abilities.

The 39-year-old mother of two appeared on Monday’s episode on “The Ellen Show” where she spoke with host Ellen DeGeneres about the decision to cut back on posting about her kids. The final straw came when she shared an image of her and her children admiring a pelican that flew into their room and allegedly stayed with them for about two hours.

Pink caught backlash online for the fact that her 2-year-old son, Jameson, was bottomless with no diaper in the beach photo despite the fact she edited out his private parts.

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“We live on a farm. My kids are naked. It’s what happens. I’m naked sometimes,” Pink explained (via The Hollywood Reporter).

She continued: “People went as far as saying, ‘Someone should call Child Services,’ because he didn’t have a diaper on, and ‘How dare I?’ — just some of the nastiest things,” an emotional Pink said. “I cried so hard after that because I like to share my family. … I’m prouder of my kids than anything I’ve ever done and I just won’t share them anymore. I won’t do it.”

The star acknowledged that she has a responsibility to her kids, Jameson and 7-year-old sister Willow, given that she’s in the public eye. However, she takes issue with the “anonymous” keyboard warriors’ approach.

“There’s a kind way to be online. I’m open to kindness online,” she said.

The image in question remains on Pink’s Instagram. However, she has since changed the caption to be a scathing lecture to the trolls that commented on her child’s bottomless appearance.

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“There’s something seriously wrong with a lot of you out there. Going off about my baby’s penis? About circumcision??? Are you for real? As any normal mother at the beach, I didn’t even notice he took off his swim diaper,” she wrote. “I deleted it because you’re all f—ing disgusting. And now I’m turning off my comments and shaking my head at the state of social media and keyboard warriors.”

Pink concluded: “And the negativity that you bring to other people’s lives. There is something seriously wrong with a lot of you out there. Smfh. Here’s a picture of the pelican we obviously caught and abused for hours before dangling baby penis in its face.”

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In her interview with Degeneres, Pink noted that she’s happy to engage with her online haters if she has the time. She previously fired back at critics of her opinions on the Covington Catholic school students after they were criticized for their behavior at a march for Native American people.

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Even Easter couldn’t warm up the cooling of Prince William and Prince Harry‘s once-close bond.

Sources say the feuding brothers were noticeably distant at royal church services on Sunday.

Witnesses told People that William, 36, and Harry, 34, didn’t speak to one another outside of St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, neither before nor after church.

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One spy, however, caught the brothers exchanging pleasantries briefly in a video posted to Instagram.

The princes’ cousin and her husband, Zara and Mike Tindall, reportedly sat between William and Harry at church. William’s wife Kate Middleton was also present.

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Heavily pregnant Meghan Markle is on maternity leave and wasn’t in attendance.

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A source told Entertainment Tonight that Harry and William are at “different stages in their life” and are “no longer the boys” the world knew when they were growing up. The insider also noted that the gentlemen sat apart from one another at the premiere of “Our Planet” earlier this month.

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The feud was reportedly sparked when Prince William expressed concerns over how fast Prince Harry and Meghan, now Duchess of Sussex, moved in their relationship.

The awkward Easter outing comes on the heels of reports that Harry and Meghan may work abroad in Africa at the behest of William, who allegedly wants to keep the spotlight on the Cambridges.

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Kensington Palace didn’t deny the rumors of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex potentially working overseas, but said in a statement, “Any future plans for the Duke and Duchess are speculative at this stage. No decisions have been taken about future roles. The Duke will continue to fulfill his role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.”

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“Game of Thrones” showrunners threw in a sex scene in Sunday night’s episode that many fans didn’t see coming.

The night before the epic battle against the White Walkers, several characters spent time coping with what could be their last few hours alive. For 18-year-old Arya Stark, it was losing her virginity to Gendry, a former travel partner who is the bastard son of late King Robert Baratheon. Both of them were in their teens when they last saw each other.

“We’re going to die soon. I’d like to know what it’s like before that happens,” Arya, played by Maisie Williams, 22, told Gendry, played by 31-year-old Joe Dempsie, in reference to having sex.

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Fans have been rooting for an Arya and Gendry romance since the duo first met in Season 1 and began traveling together in the next season — but the unexpected sex scene still shocked fans and left some cringing.

“Running to google to check Maisie Williams’ age to make sure I didn’t break the law by having my eyes open,” one Twitter user wrote.

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“Google: Maisie Williams’ age; 22 #GameOfThrones,” another person tweeted.

Another person tweeted, “ARYA SAID I SEE IT, I LIKE IT, I WANT IT, I GOT IT#GameofThrones”

“#GameofThrones Nobody: [no response], Arya: I ain’t tryna die a virgin!” a fan wrote.

“Me watching Arya and Gendry about to get it on even though I pretty much watched Arya grow up,” another tweet read.

Williams opened up about her first “GOT” sex scene to Entertainment Weekly, saying co-star Sophie Turner was the first to alert her about it.

“Sophie said, ‘Whatever you do, you have to skip to this episode, this scene first.’ So I just read that and it was practically all I knew about the entire season,” Williams told Entertainment Weekly.

“At first, I thought it was a prank,” Williams added. “I was like, ‘Yo, good one.’ And [the showrunners were] like, ‘No, we haven’t done that this year.’ Oh f—k!”

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Williams said it sank in she was going to be in a sex scene by the final season table read.

“I got to the read-through and I’m reading the scene and thought, ‘Oh, we’re actually going to do this. When do I shoot this? I need to go to the gym.’ A whole list of things,” she said.

Maisie Williams portraying Arya Stark in "Game of Thrones."

Maisie Williams portraying Arya Stark in “Game of Thrones.”
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Williams, who was 11 when she first joined the show, said everyone on set was respectful when it came to filming the scene. She added that by the end they were rushing to finish filming the moment.

“David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] were like: ‘You can show as much or as little as you want. So I kept myself pretty private. I don’t think it’s important for Arya to flash. This beat isn’t really about that. And everybody else has already done it on the show, so…” Williams said.

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Dempsie also said the experience was strange for him.

“It’s obviously slightly strange for me because I’ve known Maisie since she was 11, 12 years old,” Demsie told Entertainment Weekly. “At the same time, I don’t want to be patronizing toward Maisie — she’s a 20-year-old woman. So we just had a lot of fun with it.”

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